BEADS AND THREADS AND CREATURES - Rob Wynne, Octopus, 2008, glass beads and thread on vellum, 27 x 21 inches.
- Rob Wynne, Red Eye Hornet, 2008, glass beads and thread on vellum
I first encountered Rob Wynne through his collaboration with Artware: a set of dinner plates with orphaned lines scavenged both from literature and overhearings scribbled around the edges. (I seriously covet the one that says “I Marvel The Flames Do Not Wake You,” as well as the one that reads “As I Have Already Said, I Had No Real Childhood.” Something so right and wrong about that - it’s such a casual devastation, the sort of thing you’d overhear in a coffeeshop, from the mouth of someone chewing pastry.)
Turns out that Wynne does lots of wonderful, and quite diverse things, including texts made of poured and mirrored glass, embroidered paintings - most of them using techniques that might be found in a Martha Stewart magazine, bent toward peculiar home-crafted unsettlers. (Dude uses glitter.) This category, of course, is my favorite sort of thing. I love the kind of art that’s been clearly made by hands, that requires needles and thread, and threats.
As well, in the images pictured, I love the way the vellum’s transparency highlights the tangle behind the beauty. There’s something strangely moving about these creatures, the way they’re tied to screens, marionettes in motion, missing their puppeteers. Or perhaps dragging their tails behind them.
- Rob Wynne, Spider, 2010, Glass beads and thread on vellum
Here is an interesting thing: AM Homes inspired by Wynne and using phrases and notions from his work in a short story.